The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is for people selected to immigrate to Canada because of their adequate skills and impressive work experience.
How this program works –
The program has some minimum requirements that are required for eligibility :
- Skilled work experience – Skilled work experience means that the applicant has worked in one of three occupational classification job groups, which are :
- Managerial jobs (skill type 0)
- Professional jobs (skill level A)
- Skilled trades and technical jobs (skill level B)
The candidate must show professional work experience in the same type of job as they are using in their immigration application form. This is called the primary occupation.
The skilled work experience should be a paid job (wages or commission earned). It should not be an unpaid internship as these do not count.
There should be at least one year of continuous work or 1560 hours total, 30 hours per week. The candidate can also mention any part-time work they did in place of full time as long as it meets the required time, which is 1560 hours. No hours are counted if the applicant has worked more than 30 hours per week. The only condition is it should be paid.
Work experience gained while the applicant was studying can also be counted as skilled work experience as long as it is paid, is continuous without any gaps in employment and meets all the other requirements.
- Language ability – The applicant must take approved language tests in English and French for writing, reading, listening and speaking. The applicant must get a minimum score of a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all four categories. These test results have to be entered into the applicant’s express entry profile. The language tests are valid for two years from the tests’ results. However, it is important to note for the applicants that they must also be valid on the day the applicant applies for the program.
- Education – There are two scenarios in this aspect
- If the applicant went to school in Canada, they must have a certificate, degree or diploma from a Canadian high school (secondary institution) or post-secondary institution.
- If the applicant has foreign education, they must attach a completed credential and an ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) for immigration purposes from a renowned and designated organisation, mentioning that their education is equal to a complete diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary or post-secondary institution.
The applicant must meet all of these requirements to be able to qualify for other processes.
- Proof of funds – The applicant should have enough money for them and their family to settle in Canada unless they can legally work in Canada or have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada.
These are the minimum requirements for the Federal Skilled Work Visa.
Application Process –
- The applicant must create their profile for express entry.
- The applicant is required to enter their personal and professional details such as – current/valid passport, details of the work experience, applicant’s contact information, details of family members of the applicants who would come to Canada with them, applicant’s language test results, applicants’ national occupational classification job title, applicant’s ECA, a written job offer from an employer in Canada, a copy for a provincial nomination, etc.
- The applicant should consider gathering the required documents to apply as it gives the applicant 90 days to gather and submit them after they get an invitation.
Express Entry is the fastest and most popular pathway to seeking Canada Work Permit Visa and permanent residence for immigrants wanting a new life in Canada. The country welcomes around 11000 skilled workers through the express entry system.
In general, to be able to apply to the express Entry as a skilled worker, the applicant must have
- One year, in the last ten years of continuous full time or equivalent part-time work experience as a skilled worker.
- Pass the language test following the Canadian Language Benchmark.
- An education that is accredited equal to the Canadian standards.
These are the minimum requirements to be eligible to apply to Express entry as a skilled worker. It is essential to meet these minimum requirements; however, it is important to note that meeting these requirements does not assure that one will be invited to apply. Applicants who have stronger profiles are most likely to be selected over the applicants who barely meet the requirements.
There are many ways one can improve and work on their express entry profile to increase their chances of getting an invitation. One can look up online or consider talking to consultants as they know better. They can suggest to the applicants what can be added or removed from the profile so as to make it better.